Many times we do not stop in places due to ignorance, not knowing what to do or what to do. The town of Espita was a wonderful gift on the road, my luck was that I stopped.
Sometimes I leave without a concrete plan of where I am going to sleep, which allows me to choose as the day goes. Espita did not fit into my plan, I was on my way to Cenotillo and Tunkás to photograph their cenotes, but I was tired, the day was partly cloudy and I didn't know for sure if there was lodging where I was going.
When I crossed Espita I saw an accommodation and I stopped to ask: conversing with the hotel boy, very kind as the rest of the spiteños with whom I spoke, he told me that there was un Very nice cenote in the vicinity. That was enough to change my plan and end up sleeping in Espita: that's how simple the changes are sometimes.
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Where to eat in Espita
Once found lodgingI was missing where to eat. In the towns you always find where to have breakfast near the markets and several places of economic cuisine, sometimes without advertising, inside the same houses. They are not easy to see if you have no habit.
The simplest is to ask, the friendliness of the locals of these lands always leads to good things. On this occasion I simply passed a place where several nuns ate and entered. A success: tasty food and good price.
Mildred's restaurant, who has a good hand behind the stove, they know him as La Doña (behind the Municipal Palace, 22 street with the 23). They told me that Espita is famous for desserts like arepas, so you have to try the sweets and other delicacies next time.
Hacienda and cenote Kancabá:
Hospedaje and full belly is all that the traveler needs, I already had my basics in Espita, I just needed to go out and visit the cenote.
It was another nice surprise cenote Kancabá, which takes its name from the old Hacienda henequera. This area was prolific in haciendas, where they cultivated the so-called green gold, A species of Yucatan native cactus. From the leaves of the henequen, their natural fibers are extracted for the manufacture of yarns and fabrics for domestic, commercial, agricultural and industrial use. The henequen It marked the social and economic life of the Yucatan region, where everything turned around 1850 to 1950. The old train tracks, means of transport of the henequen, cross the town of Espita indicating this not so distant past.
The Kancabá Hacienda has been renovated to offer lodging, and allow access to the fantastic cenote inside the property, something very common in the estates. This place deserves a full entry into the wanderings of these lands, you will surely like it.
What else to do in Espita?
Other attractions to visit in Espita are the archaeological zone Pom, you have left at the west exit, the old railway station, the cultural center Progreso and Recreation Society, the bullring or the church of San José.
Walking Espita is savoring Yucatan: its central park, the roundabout, the Willys and its thunderous music, the cultural house, the tricitaxis and mototaxis, the combis waiting to fill, the bride and groom romance in the park, the gentlemen talking in the shade of the trees, the ladies with its huipiles in the market, street sales.
I don't need much more to spend a good afternoon wandering around. Pure Yucatan sober, humble, welcoming and kind at heart.
Espita was and continues to be one of the mainland populations of the Peninsula. Something basic to know the historical importance of a population is to look at the church: if it has two large towers next to the main facade with its corresponding bell towers, it tells us that it was a large city, in the smallest towns the temples do not have towers.
This is because the towers were paid in tithe form to the Church, as a contribution of the settlers. If there were few settlers, they did not arrive to pay for their towers, in notorious cities, yes. The temple of the town of Espita It is one of those that gives a very long shadow, a place with history and pleasant surprises.
On more than one occasion he had gone through Spigot When I go to Izamal, the interior road has beautiful stretches and I like driving here. This time I was fortunate to stop and meet a little Espita, now I know that I will return and eat where Mildred, good things are repeated.
Spita, townsLOCATION: Espita is located east of Merida, 80 km from Izamal and 49 km from Valladolid. Tizimin, entrance to the tourist corridor of the Ría lagartos Biosphere Reserve, is only 27 kilometers from Espita.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? A Spigot Transportation arrives from Tizimín, 22 pesos the half hour journey. Merida leaves direct combis only on Monday and Tuesday morning. Tizimín is perfectly connected to Valladolid, Mérida and other important towns in the area.
ADVICE FOR VISITING ESPITA: Espita's parties are from 19 to 26 in December, at that time, the best reserve accommodation. At Easter, it is full. The hacienda and cenote Kancabá It is located at 6 kilometers from Espita, north exit to Sucilá. Follow a wooden sign with the name Kancabá, and more than 4 kilometers along a dirt road. Entrance to Cenote 20 pesos.
ACCOMMODATION: hotel inn Georgina and the inn San José. I stayed in the first one, very good value for money.
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